The fifth annual Chicago Latino Film Festival includes 40 films, practically all of them subtitled, from Latin America, Spain, and the U.S. (some of which are independent works from Chicago). Film screenings will be held at the Three Penny Cinema, 2424 N. Lincoln, and at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton (except for opening night, which will be at the First Chicago Center Theatre, First National Bank of Chicago, 20 S. Dearborn). Video screenings will be held at the Hokin Center, Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash. The festival will run from Friday, September 22, through Sunday, October 1. Ticket prices per program are $6 for adults, $4 for students, senior citizens, and handicapped persons, and $3 for members of Facets–except for opening night, which costs $25, and video screenings, which cost $2. A festival pass is $60. For information call 944-4411 or 431-1330.


BREAK OF DAWN A docudrama about Pedro J. Gonzalez (Oscar Chavez), the first Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. and a former revolutionary who defended his fellow Mexicans from racial attacks during the depression and who was eventually sent to prison on trumped-up rape charges as a means of silencing him politically. Written and directed by Isaac Artenstein, the film, which is largely in English, benefits from its careful attention to period detail (including an interesting use of color archival footage). There’s some awkwardness in the two-dimensionality and declamatory acting style of the gringo villains–an unsavory bunch headed by LA district attorney Kyle Mitchell (Peter Henry Schroeder), who bears a striking resemblance to George Bush–but the interest of the story keeps the film watchable. With Maria Rojo, Tony Plana, and Pepe Serna (1988). This opening night screening will include a live musical performance by Oscar Chavez; director Isaac Artenstein and producer Jude Pauline Eberhard will also be present. (First Center Theater, 5:30)


THE TABLES TURNED Rolando Diaz’s Cuban comedy, Los pajaros tirandole a la escopeta (which literally means, “The Birds Are Shooting at the Guns”), describes the complications that ensue when a sexually liberated couple learn that the man’s mother and the woman’s father are having an affair. With Reynaldo Miravalles, Consuelo Vidal, Beatriz Valdes, and Silvia Planas (1984). (Three Penny, 2:00)

THE MAN IN THE BLACK CAPE A docudrama by Sergio Rezende about Tenorio Cavalcanti, one of the most popular and controversial Brazilian politicians of the 50s–a former gangster who championed the cause of the poor. With Jose Wilker, Marieta Severo, and Carlos Gregorio (1985). (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE ACCOMPANIMENT It sounds a little I like an Argentine version of Preston Sturges’s Christmas in July: a factory worker approaching retirement who dreams of becoming a famous tango singer is fooled by a friend into believing that he’s about to have his debut on national TV. Adapted from a play by Carlos Gorostiza and directed by Carlos Orgambide; with Carlos Carella and Maria Rosa Gallo (1988). (Three Penny, 9:00)


THE HOMING SEASON Leonardo Kockine’s film from Chile, La estacion del regreso, concerns a woman whose husband is abducted and who, while trying to find him, resumes a relationship with an old boyfriend. With Maria Erica Ramos and Alejandro Cohen (1987). (Three Penny, 2:00)

TATA MARIA Jose Luis Borau’s Spanish film concerns a nun leaving her convent after 17 years and finding a number of surprises: a different Spain from what she remembers, a conniving brother, and a reawakening of her sexuality. With Carmen Maura and Imperio Argentina (1987). (Three Penny, 6:00)

A HAPPY SUNDAY Olegario Barrera’s film from Venezuela–adapted from a story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Marquez, Eliseo Diego, and Barrera–focuses on the friendship between a musician and a ten-year-old prodigy from a wealthy family who has counterfeited his own kidnapping to collect a ransom (1988). (Three Penny, 8:30)

PISINGANA Leopoldo Pinzon’s Colombian film concerns a young peasant woman who comes to Bogota to work as a maid for a middle-class family with a lot of problems. German Pinzon wrote the script, and Carlos Barbosa and Consuelo Luzardo costar. (Facets Multimedia Center, 8:30)


ATLANTIC CASINO Roberto Echavarren’s 42-minute music video, shot on location in Atlantic City, includes 19 songs by various New York bands. (Hokin Center, noon)

THE ABSENT Rafael Filippelli’s Argentine film is about a woman filmmaker who investigates the turmoil created by the workers’ movement in Cordoba, the country’s second largest city, in the early 70s. Cowritten by Filippelli and Carlos Damaso Martinez; with Omar Rezek and Ana Maria Mazza (1987). (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE MAN IN THE BLACK CAPE See listing for Saturday, September 23. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

MIRACLE IN ROME Adapted from a Gabriel Garcia Marquez story by Marquez and director Lisandro Duque, this Colombian feature is about a man who discovers that the body of his young daughter, buried a dozen years ago, has been miraculously preserved; the townspeople decide that the dead girl is a saint, and raise money to send her body with her father to Rome. (Three Penny, 9:00)

SOUTH OF THE BORDER Shot in Central America, Cuba, and Mexico, this documentary by Australian filmmaker David Bradbury explores the power of song as a call to political and social action (1988). (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)

DROWNING Juan Valdivia’s half-hour, Chicago-made experimental narrative short is certainly ambitious. To prove it, it has two quotes from J.G. Ballard, interspersed lines from poet Stevie Smith, a striking and effective score by George Daugherty, and a difficult allegorical plot about a real estate man who commissions an artist to record his own suicide by drowning. The metaphysical trappings and structure, which involve intercutting between two different deaths by asphyxiation, tend to overwhelm the plot, but lead to some impressive underwater photography by Janusz Kaminski. With John R. Tobinski, Tom Blanton, Tanya White, and (in a cameo) Julia Cameron. (Facets Multimedia Center, 10:05)


THE SUMMER OF MISS FORBES Jaime Humberto Hermosillo’s Mexican film, adapted from a Gabriel Garcia Marquez story by the author and the director, is about the fascination of a group of children whose parents are away for their sexually uninhibited and mysterious German governess (Hanna Schygulla); with Francisco Gattorno (1988). (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE ACCOMPANIMENT See listing for Saturday, September 23. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

PEPI, LUCI, BOM AND OTHER GIRLS, ON THE HEAP The first mainstream feature of Pedro Almodovar focuses on the revenge of a pot-smoking heiress on a policeman who rapes her. With Carmen Maura, Felix Rotaeta, Olvido Gara, and Eva Siva (1980). (Three Penny, 9:00)

THE HOMING SEASON See listing for Sunday, September 24. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)


DOLORES Pablo Figueroa’s short U.S. fiction feature explores the effects of a father’s machismo and domestic violence on his family (1988). (Hokin Center, noon)

THE SCANDAL Carlos Oteyza’s film from Venezuela, cowritten by the director and Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, concerns corruption in the oil industry. With Corina Azopardo, Flavio Caballero, and Juan Manuel Montesinos (1987). Oteyza will be present at the screening. (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE TABLES TURNED See listing for Saturday, September 23. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30),

LETTERS FROM THE PARK Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s adaptation of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez story about an odd Cuban love triangle; with Victor Laplace, Ivonne Lopez, Miguel Paneque, and Mirta lbarra (1988). On the same program, Gabriel Giralt’s U.S. short Defiance, based on Francois Mauriac’s novel Vipers’ Tangle. (Three Penny, 9:00)

TATA MARIA See listing for Sunday, September 24. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)


I’M THE ONE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR Jaime Chavarri’s Spanish adaptation of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez story is about a model in Barcelona who tries to find the man who raped her, only to be raped again. With Patricia Adriani, Chus Lampreave, Toni Canto, and Marta Fedz (1988). (Three Penny, 6:30)

THE SCANDAL See listing for Wednesday, September 27. Director Carlos Oteyza will be present at the screening. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:30)

PLAFF! A Cuban comedy with serious social undertones about a woman who keeps getting eggs thrown at her. Directed by Juan Carlos Tabio; written by Tabio and Daniel Echevarria; with Daisy Granados and Luis Alberto Garcia Jr. (1988). (Three Penny, 9:00)

THE ABSENT See listing for Monday, September 25. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)